Things You can Make with Very Few Ingredients: Zucchini with Parmesan


Sometimes you just want to be able to look inside your fridge, pull out just a couple of ingredients, and whip up something that is fast and delicious that doesn’t also come in a box containing the words “mac” and “Yellow Number 5.”  And sometimes you are lucky enough to have made a trip to the local greenmarket just before such a feeling strikes.

Year-round, but especially during the summer when it is at its most abundant, zucchini makes its way into my kitchen.  The possibilities for it are endless–you can grill it and put it on a sandwich; you can make really delicious bread or muffins out of it; put it in soups or chili (yes, chili!), make ratatouille, etc etc etc. But if you’re feeling less than ambitious (ie, hungry and lazy), you can also prepare it really simply with just some lemon, parmesan, and salt and pepper. It’s great as a side dish for a grilled piece of meat or fish, but I’m not sorry to admit that sometimes I’ll make a heaping plate of it and enjoy it on its own. It’s so easy I feel bad calling it a recipe!

This is also a recipe that you can adjust really easily depending on how many people you’re feeding and how much zucchini you have hanging around at the moment.


  • Zucchini
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Lemons
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Nothing gets easier than this. Heat some oil in a pan or grill pan, or, for the equipmentally blessed, get your grill heated up. Cut the ends off your zucchini and slice it lengthwise into three or four pieces. Brown the zucchini, about two minutes on each side.


Rest zucchini briefly on some paper towels to drain excess olive oil. Put the slices on a plate, squirt them with some olive oil, hit ’em with some salt and pepper, and grate some parmesan over them. Boom. A fast, easy, and delicious dish, and no weird packets of powdered cheddar cheese involved.


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2 Responses to “Things You can Make with Very Few Ingredients: Zucchini with Parmesan”

  1. Mamyte Says:

    Any ideas for peaches, plums, or tomatoes, not necessarily together… I’m going to the farmers’ market… Let’s hear more stories…!

  2. sis Says:

    I just made this! it WAS delicious and super-easy! i have never single-handedly eaten an entire zucchini before today.

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